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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Sgt Pepper on a London Beatles Walk!

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by coming on a Beatles walking tour of London. We have scheduled walks 5 days a week. See the former homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, where the Beatles played their last ever live performance, film sites for ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Help!’ – and of course Abbey Road Studios and the world famous Abbey Road crossing.

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‘A Splendid time is guaranteed for all’ (Toronto Globe and Mail)

‘One person who has been something of a flag waver for the Beatles London has been Richard Porter: whose passion and knowledge of the group are apparent from the moment you meet him. Richard opens up each building’s Beatles connection and history with vivid detail and anecdotal information. Without doubt, he is the authority concerning the group’s movements within the capital during the 1960s.’ – Beatles Monthly magazine.



Official Sgt Pepper Pop Up Shop Coming Soon!

May 25th – June 11th
1 Mathew Street, Liverpool – just metres from the Cavern Club

It opens on the morning of 25th May selling loads of exclusive products but come in later at MIDNIGHT to be the first to buy your copy of the Anniversary Edition of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band which is out on the 26th.

All super deluxe boxes come with a special anniversary tote bag with purchase – only available at the shop.

Opening times:
25th: 9:00am – 6:00pm
26th: 12:00am – 2:00am / 9:00am – 6:00pm
27th May – 11th June 09:00am – 6:00pm

Paul and Linda McCartney at MPL

As it is the 50th anniversary today of Paul McCartney first meeting  Linda Eastman at the Bag O Nails club in London, I thought I would share this photo I took of Paul and Linda outside MPL in June 1983. They were a great couple, and Linda was very much the love of Paul’s life.

Paul and Linda McCartney, MPL, 1983

May 15th 1967 – Paul McCartney meets Linda Eastman

May 15th 1967 – Paul McCartney meets Linda Eastman at the Bag O Nails Club in Kingly Street, Soho, London.

In an extract from my book Guide to the Beatles London Bill Harry, who was with in the club that night, tells how it happened:

“I was down at the Bag O’ Nails, which was one of our favourite clubs. Paul and John used to go there. I’d meet John and Yoko up at the Speakeasy club, which is in Margaret Street, not far away. John used to give us a lift to the Bag O’Nails. We used to sit in the back of the car with John and Yoko, and Yoko never said a word, never spoke.

“It was Paul who went to the Bag more regularly. I remember one night, Virginia and I were sitting at the table, and Paul was at the next table to us. We were chatting a while, and then Chas Chandler came up with Linda Eastman and introduced Paul to her. We were listening to Georgie Fame performing. Then, Chas Chandler, Paul and Linda left and went to Speakeasy – we went between the two clubs in those days.”

A few days later, Linda was invited by Brian Epstein to the launch party of Sgt Pepper at his home in Chapel Street, where Paul and Linda were photographed together for the first time.

They married on March 12th 1969.

The plaque to the meeing of Paul and Linda

Sgt Pepper Event in the Ground of Chiswick House

20th May 2017 – 21st May 2017

It was 50 years ago today, Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play…

In May 1966, the four most famous people on the planet strolled into Chiswick House and Gardens to create two ground-breaking mini films which would change music history… “Paperback Writer” and “Rain”

To celebrate 50 years since the release of The Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club album”, Chiswick House and Gardens is hosting an extraordinary living installation that recreates the infamous album cover in front of the Ionic Temple, in partnership with Gavin Jones Ltd.

“Get Back” to where the Beatles walked half a century ago with our Beatles map.

Pick one up from our shop and start your Beatles adventure!

Sgt Pepper’s True Identity Revealed!

While the picture of the man depicting “Sgt. Pepper” in The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album looks like a character out of a story book, he was actually a real person. His name was James Melvin Babington, and author Bruce Spizer says his new book  “The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans’ Perspective,” reveals his identity and a little of his history for the first time.

For more on this story – see